Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Day 290 of 2019

I changed the dishes to some pretty fall colors to coordinate with another rug. 
Then I got a little carried away 
and organized the remaining dishes in the cabinet by color. 
I am hoping this will be helpful for future seasonal dish changes. 
Besides, I think it's pretty this way.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Day 289 of 2019

I had to go out to do some errands today. 
This guy was parked next to me. 
I'm kind of glad it wasn't dark out or I might have been just a little freaked out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Day 288 of 2019

Our power went out just about an hour ago. 
The power company estimates power will be back on after one o'clock in the morning.  
Luckily we still have a few light sources from charged devices 
and our internet service is evidently working on backup battery.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Day 287 of 2019

This one is for all you quilters out there. 
You know there is the big debate about washing 
or not washing fabric before putting it into a quilt.  
As you can tell by this photo, I am a washer.  
The next question then is how do you prepare your fabric before you wash it? 
Years ago I heard that if you cut the corners off before you wash, 
the result would be no raveling or at least less raveling 
and a way to tell the washed from the unwashed fabric. 
As you can see from the photo, it still ravels. 
I have done this for years. 
Today I decided to try a method that I had heard of but never tried.  
This method calls for serging the cut ends of the fabric to be washed. 
To my great surprise, the result was fabulous.  
Not only did I not get the raveling, 
but I also don't have all the tiny triangle fabric bits 
from the snipping of the corners. 
I'll definitely be trying this again 
to see if it is a better way for all situations.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Day 286 of 2019

At the quilt show yesterday I won the silent auction on two quilt tops. 
Here is a peek at the fun fabrics contained in one of them.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Day 284 of 2019

The last day of fall break was a lazy, rainy day, 
but GB#3 and I did color and cut out some pretty cool masks.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Day 282 of 2019

GB#3 chasing bubbles in the afternoon glow. 
I'm trying to wear him out for his mom and dad.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Day 281 of 2019

I'm clearly not an artist, 
but I was way more interested in today's craft project than GB#3. 
Also, it is so odd to see my face in mostly symmetrical form. 



Monday, October 7, 2019

Day 280 of 2019

This week is Fall Break for GB#3,
so I get to spend some extra time with him. 
Today we took a leaf gathering walk to prepare for 
some very fall-like crafts later in the week.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Day 279 of 2019

R, Big D and GB#3.
(GB#3 trying out all his different faces in the photos today)
Harvest at Newfields. 
Great way to end a great weekend.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Day 277 of 2019

This is me with GB#1 at the beach. 
GB#1 made it for me for my birthday last month
 and sent it with Little E to give me in Seattle last week. 
It was such an unexpected surprise.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Day 276 of 2019

It's finally feeling a bit like fall. 
The sun is setting earlier, 
and a cold front has moved through this afternoon 
bringing us some welcomed cooler air.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Day 275 of 2019

My airplane knitting is going well. 
It wasn't ready for the first flight so I did the cast-on 
and the first couple rows before the flight home.  
This was done on the return flight while listening to a book 
and would be further along had I not been so sleepy. 
Oh, and I have tried it on and it is fitting well too. 
Swatching. 
Always a good idea.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Day 271 of 2019

Today was another busy day of dress shopping, 
and M found her dress.
 I can't show you pictures of that, 
so instead, I will tell you that we are staying in a lovely Airbnb
 with lots of special touches including fresh flowers in every room.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Day 268 of 2019

I'm up with the sun so I can get things done 
before heading to a different time zone. 
The next several posts will be published later than usual.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Day 266 of 2019

The main construction is done. 
All that is left is one hem, two hooks and the details...
all those details.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Day 265 of 2019

Today was the home opener for the Colts.
The Colts won. 
After the game the center of the field filled with people. 
It reminded me of school sports and Little League.
"Good game."
"Good game."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Day 264 of 2019

Here is some of my pattern drafting in application. 
Each of these sections are separate double-layer pieces, 
all sewn to the base bodice.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Day 263 of 2019

 
Pattern drafting is messy work. 
It also takes lots of thought. 
I put extra time in making sure every detail is not overlooked
because everything must work out on the first try.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Day 262 of 2019

Yes, I am swatching again. 
I need a good airport/airplane project really soon.
I need this project to be at the point that I don't have to do too much thinking 
so I can also listen to a book at the same time. 
I started with the recommended needle at the bottom which was way off.  
I went up a needle size and am now a half stitch from target gauge.  
I'm afraid if I go up one more size, I will be way out of line the other direction, 
so this will have to do. 
I'll be knitting socks so gauge is very important.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Day 260 of 2019

You know how I love construction. 
Well, this has been going on for a while and I am a bit perplexed. 
There are three of these taller portions along this strip.  
Neither of the other two are being worked on. 
I can't figure out if they are making a style change 
or there was some kind of structural problem 
prompting them to redo this section. 
I guess I'll find out when they are done 
or if I stop and ask a worker if I am back in the area.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Day 259 of 2019

Today I bought more of the supplies needed for this next project. 
Did I mention I have about a week to finish it? 


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Day 258 of 2019

My next project is going to take some thinking outside the box. 
I did a lot of research and brainstorming today. 
I think I'm off to a good start.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Day 257 of 2019

Do you remember this building I posted in June?  
Well, this is the progress that has been made in the last three and a half months. 
It appears there will be no conventional exterior walls, just lots of glass.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Day 256 of 2019

I quilted again today. 
Again, I am only showing you the back, 
 this time because this project is a secret one.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Day 255 of 2019

I finished the quilting on the top I showed yesterday. 
I decided to show you the back because it's easier to see the texture 
without the distraction of the piecing. 
Once I get the binding on it, I'll show the front too.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Day 254 of 2019

Getting back to some quilting. 
I'm all set up to start in the morning. 
It's been a while so
I'll be working on my confidence as I sleep.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Day 253 of 2019

As I have mentioned before,
I love it when I write notes for myself. 
I bought the two fabrics on the right and bottom a couple years ago. 
Today I am following my own instructions. 
One down, one to go.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Day 250 of 2019

Soft pretzel with cheese sauce. 
Standard arts fair food. 
Also, those eyes.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Day 248 of 2019

There is always a reason NOT to do my nails at any moment. 
I finally decided it was time, and look, 
toes to match.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Day 247 of 2019

They weren't kidding when they titled this puzzle. 
Here's a little backstory. 
My mother-in-law brought this to Thanksgiving dinner in 2014. 
It is a full two page spread of the paper.
The clues go over 800 in each direction. 
Many of us worked on it then and for a bit after that. 
Once home by myself, it was up to me. 
I had to tape it onto our drafting board to make it workable. 
I have worked on it on and off for the last five years. 
Tonight I finished it.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Day 246 of 2019

I have the next three months mapped out as far as sewing projects go, 
and feels like a pretty tight schedule. 
So the fabric for the next project went in the washer today 
and the fabric for the next two got washer time as soon as 
the first went into the dryer. 
Note that I will be using some of my very old Kaffe fabric.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Day 245 of 2019

Of all the costumes I've made over the years, 
this is one of my very favorites. 
Shoe covers, not shown. 
This one was made at least thirty years ago.
It proved to be a favorite today among the little ones too.

Sunday, September 1, 2019